Chelsea warned 24-year-old isn’t ready to replace Alvaro Morata
Pat Nevin doesn't believe Michy Batshuayi is ready to lead the Chelsea line in the absence of Alvaro Morata
Pat Nevin insists Michy Batshuayi isn’t ready to replace Alvaro Morata in the Chelsea team.
The Spain international moved to Chelsea in a £58m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.
Morata has already scored six times in seven games in the Premier League but the 24-year-old suffered a hamstring problem during Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to title favourites Manchester City last week.
Batshuayi is a natural replacement for Morata and the 23-year-old has a decent goal record from the bench.
Indeed, the Belgium international scored Chelsea’s winner in a 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid last week after Morata equalised in the Spanish capital.
Batshuayi famously scored Chelsea’s winner in a 2-1 win against West Brom at The Hawthorns last season to secure the title with two games to play.
However, former Chelsea winger Nevin has warned Antonio Conte that Batshuayi isn’t ready to lead the line despite scoring some important goals in his Blues career.
“It’s not like-for-like at all,” Nevin told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“The thing about Morata is his hold-up play and his technical play is fantastic. That’s not the case with Batshuayi.
“The ball tends to bounce off him. Had he been brought on, Batshuayi is not the best at holding the ball up. It was clearly Conte’s thinking there.”
Chelsea are six points behind leaders Manchester City and Manchester United following their mixed start to the Premier League season.
The Blues signed six players in the summer transfer window in an attempt to overhaul their squad ahead of a return to the Champions League.